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Russell KirkAmerican Conservative$
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Bradley J. Birzer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166186

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.001.0001

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The Politics of the Impossible

The Politics of the Impossible

(p.245) 7 The Politics of the Impossible
Russell Kirk

Bradley J. Birzer

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter considers Kirk’s ideas on natural law, natural rights, justice, and Western and American civilization and looks at his friendship with Arizona senator and 1964 Republican president candidate Barry Goldwater. It describes how Kirk became the leading theorist behind the Goldwater movement and how he was eventually separated from that movement.

Keywords:   Barry Goldwater, Larry Reed, 1964 presidential election, U.S. Constitution, natural law, natural rights, justice, Western civilization, Republican Party

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